It is with a heavy heart that Bostonglobe.com reports that the iconic Toy Shop in Concord, New Hampshire, is closing for good.
The business, owned by David Hesel and operated for 78 years, is shutting down due to the pandemic, the newspaper reported, and the fact that Hesel decided that at age 73 it was time for him to retire.
The store has survived big box stores, WWII, recessions and countless other bad times.
I know many of you in the Concord New Hampshire area will feel like you’ve lost some of your childhood.
According to the article on bostonglobe.com, it looks like the shop was a little slice of New England magic. Hesel has run the business for 32 years, and he told bostonglobe.com that the original owner was very picky about the selection of toys in the store, preferring educational toys and allowing children to use their own imaginations.
Helsel continues this tradition.
Remember when toys weren’t advertised on TV? Remember when our parents worried that we were playing outside too late and not stressed out about “screen time?” I remember my Lincoln logs and making model airplanes. It’s more and more difficult to find toys like this.
I loved going to toy stores with my kids when they were little and letting them explore. The children of Concord, New Hampshire will have a little less magic in their lives when the Toy Shop closes.
I’m sad to see him close, but I hope Hesel enjoys his well-deserved retirement.